Discerning the spirit of antichrist at Work Today
Today within the modern-day church world-wide there is becoming a surge of new interest about how to interpret the Bible and especially: How do other churches interpret the Bible regarding the last days? I strongly feel that this surge over how to interpret the Bible is because of the critical interaction within the modern-day church is engaged in spiritual warfare. Then we the modern-day Christian needs to know how to recognize or discern the satanic forces recorded in the Bible. Therefore, this book is not only about the spirit of antichrist, it is also to bring to your understanding the prophetic warning of how this satanic spirit of antichrist is working now and in the coming days of which is the prophecy of the Bible is being fulfilled today. Yes, today you can turn on the news on television and here about the prophecy of the last days whether you believe it or not.
With all that is taking place all around us within this world and the modern-day of the church that it would not be unusual that we are feeling anxious or on the edge. Yes, the church of the Lord is now at the edge or crisis to where the question needs to be addressed. Will it get worse in the coming days? Prophetically speaking or biblically speaking yes according to the prophecy of the book of Revelation. Within the modern-day church today we know and understand that in the coming days we will hear many opinions about the church whether we agree with them or not. Therefore, remember that when Satan attacks that God is still in control. Furthermore, God is in control of everything including Satan, then for most individuals the question would be: Where does it say, teach in the Bible that God is still in control of everything that is taking place in the church and world today?
Therefore, for what I have just stated this far, that during the writing of this book it is well to state that there will be many questions that will addressed about the modern-day church regarding its knowledge of the spirit of antichrist: For example, Is the spirit of antichrist working in the church today? The people of the church answer should be yes. If so, how is it working, and who is its main target within the church today? Does the church know that it is at war with the spirit of antichrist? Does the modern-day church know and understand the satanic attack of the spirit of antichrist? Yet here is just one of the things you hear in the church today about free will and that we have the right to chose the way we live.
Here is a truth a Christian truth that we are not a spiritual war with flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, and the rulers of darkness, Ephesians 6:12. One of the enemies that one could interpret in this text of scripture is the spirit of antichrist. Considering a spiritual truth anytime we come under the spiritual influence without spiritual discernment of what spirit is at work then we then make ourselves vulnerable to the attack of the spirit of antichrist. Now the apostles John and Paul tells that we are to test the spirits or discern the spirits that may infiltrate the church and its ministry. In addition, it is well to continue to bring to your attention that the Holy Scriptures will reveal to you the many ways of how to recognize the spirit of antichrist and all of the other satanic spirits.
Furthermore, does the church today know and understand that the spirit of antichrist is putting them on trial today with God to be judge on the Day of Judgment? Then there is yet another vital question that needs to be addressed: Does the church truly use the Divine Spirit of God to fight the spirit of antichrist? Now I have stated these many questions to stress the vital point of reasoning of why that we the modern-day church needs to have the spiritual knowledge of the scriptures to fight the spiritual battle going on within the saints of the church called by God. In addition, to stress further this thought that the spirit of antichrist is working harder than most pastors and Christian leaders within the modern-day church today. Yes, this writer writes most of his books in commentary writings so that there will be a scriptural understanding of what God has had written for His creation.
In this opening chapter the word discerning is a key word to the spiritual means that God has given unto everyone who has been born again to discern what is not of God. Yet taking it a step further that spiritual discerning is also the means of establishing a God centered relationship with God. Why is spiritual discernment important to the modern-day church? Yes, there are many reasons why spiritual discernment is important to every Christian. In this opening chapter it is well to stress very strongly the vital importance that every Christian knows how to discern the enemies of the church and especially the spirit of antichrist.
However, it is also well to state here that this book is going deeper into what my first book was about which was “Spirit of Antichrist Working Still Today”. Furthermore, this book is in addition, to sharpen your knowledge and spiritual understanding about the spirit of antichrist and yes, it is still working today. In addition, it is well to state that by the gift of the Holy Spirit which was given for the purpose of discerning the spirits to see if they are of God, 1 John 4:1.
Moreover, this gift of discerning of spirits is what brings spiritual information in identifying the spirit of antichrist and how it is working within the saints in the modern-day church. Yet there is this line of thinking to consider and that is that this gift of discerning of spirits helps to see the unseen enemy that you may not have seen, this enemy in the past. Yet with all honesty I thank the Lord God and His Son for sending the Holy Spirit that has help me with many misunderstanding about the Bible as well as how to discern the evil spirits that is attacking the church today.
Therefore, the book that you are reading was written unto you with the prayer, for you that it would ignite a spiritual fire within for to gain knowledge, spiritual knowledge, on how to recognize the spirit of antichrist. Yes, I have spent many days, and hours, investigating the many opinions and general points of view on the spirit of antichrist as well as the antichrist and what antichrist will do to Christians after he appears and how he will affect Christianity in the early church and the modern-day church. Nevertheless, this book is about recognizing the spirit of antichrist and the other satanic spirits that is bringing about a spirit of deterioration in the modern-day church. Before considering the spirit of antichrist, it is well to bring to your attention the vital importance that it is vital for all Christians to understand the principles, standards of the prophetic word that has been written in the Bible.
The most important purpose of writing this book “The Spirit of Antichrist” Is to addresses this vital question: Does the church need a Divine Lawyer to fight the spirit of antichrist? My personal answer to you and this question; would be yes, and that we already have that Divine Lawyer and then the second vital question is: Do not use the Divine Lawyer to teach us to discern the spirit of antichrist? Then let consider yet this thought which is for the purpose of what we are to teach others about how to fight the spirit of antichrist and that is working in the church today. This Divine Lawyer is also known as the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth and is also God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit making up the Divine Trinity.
In this opening chapter, is where that I will begin to lay what I truly feel to be just a basic foundation of how the satanic enemies of the church are attacking the church on every hand. In addition, that they are working harder today within the modern-day church, and how these satanic enemies are recorded in the Bible in various ways. Now the main focus and purpose of this book will be on the spirit of antichrist, and that it is working in the church today according to the scriptures and the prophetic prophecy of warning that will happen in the last days, and to help the church stand strong against these enemies of evil. In addition, to show unto you how to deal with just some of the basic areas of how to discern the spirit of antichrist working within the church that truly began on the Day of Pentecost. It will be repeated again and again of how the spirit of antichrist is working on every Christian or the servants of God and Christ Jesus to destroy Their grace and salvation.
Secondly, it will be how to recognizes these satanic spirits that infiltrates the church then, and the modern-day church today, with their evil influences which the apostles Paul and John write unto the church then and for us today. Again, the main focus will be on the main character; the spirit of antichrist, and in addition, what Christians are to look for and how recognize his character and characteristic according what the apostles have written this spirit. In all honesty this book will be meaningless to anyone who rejects the word of God. Yes, some of the things that will be written in this book to some will be quite controversial, to some and especially to them who do not believe in demons or angels.
Modern-day church of the Living God NOTE: It is very important to reveal unto your understanding the things that does not appear to be the hand writing of God and that it has another signature which is not God’s signature for it is the signature of the false prophets, false Christ, false teachers, and the spirit of antichrist. It has been stated in some of my writings and by other writers that the spirit of antichrist is not a man it is a satanic spirit that Satan has sent to change people’s lives gradually to prepare them for the coming dictatorship of the antichrist, and the beast to overthrow the church. Truly the time will come when the antichrist will appear and will appear with great opposition. However, those whom the spirit of antichrist has prepared will flock to the beast and the antichrist from every corner of the earth because their minds have been prepared with the false doctrine and teachings of the spirit of antichrist.
My brothers and sisters in Christ let me be completely honest with you and state it in yet another way to let you know that those who have been deceived, and them that their heart has been prepared, even the ones who are looking and waiting for the Lord’s return if these are not filled with the Spirit of God will flock to the antichrist for they will believe that the antichrist is the savior. Yes, this pastor knows that there will be those who will say why are you writing and preaching about the spirit of antichrist when you should be teaching love and not how to stop the spirit of antichrist. Let me state this line of reasoning that it you cannot stop what is coming in the coming days, nor can you stop the spirit of antichrist from working his evil work for Satan. Therefore, in these last days it is imperative for the church to discern the spirit of antichrist of how it moves upon the heart of every brother and sister in the church today.
In addition, one of the greatest needs within the Body of Christ or the modern-day church is to teach the seriousness of the scriptures regarding the prophetic warnings of God and Christ Jesus which they sent forth through Their Divine prophetic messages by the prophets and the apostles for Israel, the modern-day church, that is living in the last days. Remember it takes the anointing of the Spirit of God to show unto His called the hand writing of Satan and the spirit of antichrist and all the false Christ, false prophets in the world today. John did not just only write about the term the spirit of antichrist John wrote about a meaning that would affect the small congregations then as well as the fact that spirit of antichrist was in their midst then, therefore, John has sent the warning in his day as well as the largest congregations of today’s modern-evangelical church that the spirit of antichrist is in our midst.
Therefore, the purpose of writing this book about the spirit of antichrist is also to help every individual Christian and church leaders to fully understand how the hand writing of spirit of antichrist can destroy your spiritual life and fellowship with God, and His Son, and with you and with your family now and in the coming days. In addition, one of the greatest needs within the Body of Christ or the modern-day church is to teach the seriousness of the scriptures regarding the warnings of God and Christ Jesus which they sent forth through Their Divine prophetic message by the prophets and the apostles for Israel, the church, and the last days.
Remember it takes the anointing of the Spirit of God to show unto us the hand writing of Satan and the spirit of antichrist and all of the false Christ, false prophets in the world today. Again, the apostle John did not just write a term for the spirit of antichrist he wrote about a Divine meaning of how that would affect the small congregations in his epistles as well as the small churches today. Then I do strongly believe that the apostle John goes on to point out this fact that spirit of antichrist was in their midst then, and was working and therefore, John has sent them his prophetic warning. Now in his day as well as the largest congregations of today of the modern-day church, that it is well to remind you that this spirit of antichrist is in our midst.
What I further believe that is this that most Christians hate negative. Yes, what I have just stated is to stress a very true and compelling truth in this statement, which means always against something or against someone. Therefore, the compelling truth is that the church needs to be always aware of, and that is that the spirit of antichrist wants us the Christian people of the church to stay negative. In addition, to be in this negative state of mind so that we will not remain true to God but denounce Him and His Son for the grace and mercy they bring. Satan and the spirit of antichrist will use the Ten Commandments against you; so they can lie unto you, by stating that God gave you laws and that God’s laws are negative and not positive and one could say that is true, and that would be a lie, however, the truth is that God set standards for a moral life in His laws. Yes, in today’s modern-day church believes that we are in the day and time of broadmindedness and yet the truth is that there are very few people gullible enough to believe that this is a true means of life especially in the church.
What I find today within the modern-day church is that there are many, many professing Christians who say to you that there are no such things as angels or demons; and furthermore, let alone state that there is a spirit world in heaven. Yet with all honesty these individuals have no problem in believing in other forms of life such as life in outer space. However, if this be the case then why did Jesus give His disciples the power to cast out demons. Nevertheless, let me addresses it in this manner to say that angels were created by God as we were created by God, yes, angels are a spirit being and they do not depend upon things that are natural or physical things such as food. Nevertheless, let go a step further by saying that Satan was a created being created by God, Ezekiel 28:13-15. The reason for addressing about angels and demons early is to stress the point of logic that there can be many a mind-boggling issue that has been recorded in the pages of the Bible that rarely mankind, considers about the heavenly realm of God.
Yet as for the writing of this book it is truly necessary to know first that the word antichrist only appears four times in the Bible and is written exclusively by the apostle John found in, 1 John 2:18; 2:22; 4:3; and 2 John 7. These four scripture references to the antichrist states a reality that is emphatically clear that anyone individual who denies that Jesus not the Son of God and in addition, and who denies that Jesus Christ is God, the Great “I Am” that has come in the flesh, John 8:58.
Therefore, in the coming days as we the church draws nearer to the Second Coming of the Lord and His prophetic revelation of the events that would take place in the coming days recorded in the book of Revelation. Then the first and foremost vital question that needs to be addressed in this opening chapter of this book is: Does Members of the Modern-Day Church Know How to Discern or Recognize the Spirit of Antichrist? Secondly, this book is about learning how to recognize or discern the spirit of antichrist which are written in the Bible.
Now to help you here is a list to how that they are recorded in the Bible the whole Bible.
1 Deaf and dumb spirit: Mark 9:17-19
2 Evil spirit: Luke 7:21; Acts 19:12-13
3 Familiar spirit: 1 Samuel 28; 1 Samuel 29:7; Leviticus 19:31; 1 Chronicles 10:13; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Luke 16:19-31
4 Foul spirit: Mark 9:25
5 Lying spirit: 2 Chronicles 18:20-22
6 Perverse spirit: Isaiah 19:14; Romans 1:17-32
7 Seducing spirit: 1 Timothy 4:1
8 Spirit of unclean devil: Luke 4:3
9 Spirit of antichrist: 1 John 4:3
10 Spirit of bondage: Romans 8:15
11 Spirit of death: 1 Corinthians 10:10; 15:26
12 Spirit of divination: Acts 16:16
13 Spirit of error: 1 John 4:6
14 Spirit of fear: 2 Timothy 1:7
15 Spirit of haughtiness: Proverbs 16:18-19
16 Spirit of heaviness: Isaiah 61:3
17 Spirit of infirmities: Luke 13:11-13
18 Spirit of jealousy: Genesis 4:5-8; Numbers 5:14
19 Spirit of slumber: Isaiah 29:10; Romans 11:8
20 Spirit of the world: 1 Corinthians 2:12
21 Spirit of whoredom: Hosea 4:12; 5:4
22 Unclean spirit: Mark 6:7; Luke 11:24-26; Zechariah 13:2
23 Wounded spirit: Proverbs 18:14
24 Spirit of deep sleep: Isaiah 29:10
25 Spirit of your mind: Ephesians 4:23
26 Hasty spirit: Proverbs 14:29
27 Broken spirit: Proverbs 15:13; 17:22
28 Spirit of disobedience: Ephesians 2:2
29 Spirit of infirmity: Luke 13:10
However, the list above are the negative spirits that are recorded in the Bible, to help you to recognize the spirit of antichrist and the other satanic spirits. and yes, there another list that are the positive spirits mentioned throughout the Bible that is the power of God and the Spirits of God that was before the throne of God that God sent unto the earth. These Spirits I do strongly believe that they were sent to help or indwell in good Christian men and women to empower them so that they can walk in righteousness, Revelation 5:6.
Now these positive spirits are:
1 The Holy Spirit which is mentioned over 400 times in the Bible
2 Spirit of the Lord: Isaiah 11:2
3 Spirit of wisdom: Isaiah 11:2
4 Spirit of understanding: Isaiah 11:2
5 Spirit of counsel: Isaiah 11:2
6 Spirit of might: Isaiah 11:2
7 Spirit of knowledge: Isaiah 11:2
8 Spirit of the fear of the Lord: Isaiah 11:2
9 Spirit of revelation: Ephesians 1:17
10 Spirit of truth: 1 John 4:6
11 Faithful spirit: Proverbs 11:13
12 Humble spirit: Proverbs 16:19
13 An excellent spirit: Proverbs 17:27
14 Spirit of judgment and burning: Isaiah 4:4
15 Spirit of grace and supplication: Zechariah 4:4
16 Spirit of adoption: Romans 8:5
17 Spirit of God’s jealousy for He is a jealous God: Deuteronomy 4:24: 29:20
Yes, I do strongly believe that it is well for every Christian to strongly consider all of these spirits that are listed, and above all of their major importance for how to recognize the satanic spirits and good Spirits of God.
Here are just some of the questions for you to consider when you study the Word of God about how to recognize the spirit of antichrist: First question what does the Holy Spirit look like? Second question what does God look like? Third question How did Christ look?
I have stated these three questions to stress this vital point of reasoning, that in these three questions we as the people of God must consider fully to where we gain are own spiritual understanding. One might ask why these three questions? Now my answer to why I have stated it in these three questions is to say that I am not referring to just physical appearance; or the spiritual appearance, the point is to stress this truth that nobody within the modern-day church today really has not seen Jesus in His physical appearance or human appearance. However, there is yet a fourth question that needs to be ask: Have you completely allow the Holy Spirit into your life? Therefore, it in these four questions that I have stated in this opening chapter for a basic foundation or a starting point for what I stated earlier with the question: Does the church need a Divine Lawyer to fight the spirit of antichrist? Yes, truly the means of why we the modern-day church, and truly, truly there is the needs for a Divine Lawyer to know how to fight the spirit of antichrist.
Nevertheless, because God is spirit, and nobody can see Him either, therefore, because the spirit of antichrist; is a demonic spirit, we therefore cannot see him either, and therefore, we must have spiritual help in order to recognize the spirit of antichrist and this help can only come by the power of the Divine Spirit of God indwelling in us. Yes, the Holy Bible contains and ample supply of description of how we can really tell whether this spirit of antichrist is presence, and of the why, what, and how, that this spirit of antichrist appears within the church then, as well as the modern-day church, and how it is still working to bring deception into our lives. One must consider with all understanding that from the beginning of Jesus ministry that He proclaimed that there would be many false prophets that would come making claims about the word of God and the gospel of Christ.
Furthermore, one might state it in this manner that there are three groups to consider the first false prophets, the second fearless preachers, and thirdly faithful people. However, it is within these three groups that this thought must be addressed: For they can say that they have a message from God then my question is: Does this make it true? The reasoning for this question is to state that if their message does agree with the Bible then it is of the spirit of antichrist.
One must also remember this very important fact, that when we are dealing with any of these satanic spirits of Satan, that this spirit of antichrist will do all that he can do to counterfeit Christianity and everything that is written in the pages of the Holy Bible. Yet it is well again to note, that these satanic spirits of Satan do all they can do counterfeit everything that the church is teaching about the gospel of Christ and the word of God. Let us consider further, yet another vital thought in recognizing the spirit of antichrist, and that is how that we as Christians are to detect the counterfeit spirit that is truly within the church and people’s lives.
Now you ever taken into consideration that there is “counterfeit conversion”, “counterfeit Christians” and yes if I may be so bold as to state “counterfeit wheat”. The reason for stating counterfeit wheat is found in Matthew 13:24-30 one way that one might interpret the Christians that sleep and the enemy sow his seeds of tares in a Christians life. When it comes right down to the truth that the word Christian today is almost meaningless. However, if the truth be known that there are many religious groups who claim to be Christians. Furthermore, many of their supposedly unique beliefs actually conflict with true Christian beliefs in the Bible. Therefore, when these religious groups take a stand on one or more issues and hold them to be true, what happens is that they quickly stray from the truth of what it means to be a devout Christian. These are groups that the scriptures call false prophets and teachers of the word of God.
Each, and every one of us has heard about those people who make counterfeit money. Next how are we able to tell counterfeit money form the real thing? Yes, there are individuals within the world who deal with money that must study the real money from the counterfeit money to tell the difference. Now those who work with money must be careful not to accept counterfeit money. Therefore, they half to know the difference between what is counterfeit and what is not. If they do not know the original money looks like, then they are likely to accept what is counterfeit.
Therefore, these individuals gain their knowledge by studying both real or original and counterfeit so that they can tell you the real counterfeit money front and back to protect the people of who they are working for. This, is why these individuals must truly know and understand what it is counterfeit, and what is not and therefore, because counterfeit money truly differs from the genuine article of the real money one must have knowledge of what is counterfeit. For many who do not study about counterfeit money have an untrained eye to see the counterfeit money. Banks and stores do train their people so that they can tell the differences in counterfeit money and the real thing.
Then in order for any of us to recognize the spirit of antichrist we first look at the counterfeit Christian; and secondly, we must study or research the scriptures for a sound biblical truth. When you and I read in the gospel of Matthew and what Jesus states in Matthew 7:21-23, where these texts of scriptures reveal, these individuals who have a false profession, and therefore, one might interpret them as counterfeit Christians. However, you will find that in the book of Revelation that these are the individuals who refuse to repent. In addition, one might even interpret that these are the ones who accept the beast and his mark, Revelation 13:16-17. Now considering that prophecy of Jesus about the beast and his mark one might also interpret that these are false Christians who have not been truly born-again.
Therefore, it is these individuals who watch all the time at the money that passes through their hands to see what is counterfeit and what is not. In like manner, we the modern-day church needs to understand today how the spirit of antichrist counterfeits himself spiritually within the modern-day church. Yet it is sad to state that there are many individuals from the outside to the inside or the front and back, that Paul writes about to them at Corinth, that are deceitful workers, 2 Corinthians 11:13-15. Again, this, is why the apostle John stated to try the spirits to see if they were of God 1 John 4:1.
We the leaders and saints of the modern-day church truly needs to be immersed in a deep study of the Holy Bible to gain the spiritual knowledge and the spiritual wisdom. This evil spirit of Satan which is the spirit of antichrist so it is by spiritual knowledge that we are, able to see all of the satanic or counterfeit spirits within the church spiritually speaking. Now there are many who do not believe that these demonic spirits are speaking within the church today. Therefore, if this be the case then why did Jesus state “let no man deceive you” in Matthew 24.
If the spirit of antichrist is still working today, then I believe this and believe it strongly that it is safe in saying that it is because the spirit of antichrist does not have to work on the lost only the saved who have the testimony of Jesus Christ. For all of us Christians are best defense against Satan and the spirit of antichrist is to cling to the Holy Word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ and to call upon our Divine Lawyer or the Holy Spirit to teach us how to reject any kind of false teaching that is not completely in context with the Word of God; and God’s commandments, covenants, and laws and especially the prophetic Revelation of Jesus Christ of the coming days.
Yet let us consider another way of putting it which is that we as Christians should have a zero-tolerance for any kind of false teaching and doctrine regarding the Word of God. I have not stated that we are to have zero-tolerance to be taken lightly because there is in the modern-day evangelical church of the world today where we have many who are false preachers, false teachers, false prophets, and false Christ who exploit the church by asking for many things. Today if Christians are being completely honest about, what truly is happening within the modern-day church, and that is, slowly but surely there is a falling away that is being done by the prophecy of many false prophets and teachers 2 Thessalonians 2:3.
Before I go any further it is well for me to make clear that I know and truly do understand that the church cannot keep it doors open with money. However, remember that what I stated earlier about counterfeit money was that it is just an example, an example to stress the fact of how asking in a false manner for money as a seed of faith, that this money that they are asking for is God’s and God has provided it for you. Then these individuals go on to say that by you giving unto them for their ministry that in return for you God’s Divine blessings will happen.
Now do not get me wrong for I believe in giving, and furthermore, what God requires of one to give; however, giving in the manner that God has personally instructed you to give is the best way and only way. Furthermore, it is not robbing God of tithes and offerings, Malachi 3:8. Therefore, this is just one of the reasons why I believe that Christ sent His messages to seven churches in the book of Revelation was to give His instruction and to warn the church of those who would use the Word of God to deceive many of the saints of the church.
Taking it a step further about counterfeit spirits for even our Lord in Matthew 24 truly warns by stating unto the disciples what would take place in the last days that there would be many of those individuals who are counterfeit Christ’s who would claim by saying “I am Christ”. In addition, by claiming to be the real Christ or to be the savior of the world, which the beast will do when he comes Matthew 24:4-5. In the above statement that it would be safe in interpreting that these are counterfeit Christians with a counterfeit Christianity. Moreover, our Lord in this same chapter here in the gospel of Matthew 24 where the Lord goes on to emphasized more fully that these false Christ and false prophets would perform great wonders in, order to deceive many, again the book of Revelation also states that this will also happen with the beast arise out of the sea Revelation 13:1. The reason for stating this text of scripture is to state that when the beast comes he will counterfeit Christ in a striking number of ways. Yes, to be honest the prophetic warning is that we the modern-day church can generalize with patterns or opinions on how to interpret the scriptures. Then I would ask is this not counterfeiting Christianity?
Let me again be so bold as to say that there are many Christians who believe that as, long as they believe in Christ Jesus, that this is enough and that they are shielded from any deception that is coming in the last days. However, taking it a step further to stress this point that many believe that grace is enough to get them into heaven. Question: Will Satan use the term grace to deceive many? Another question: Will Satan use the scriptures to deceive you? The answer to both questions should be yes.
Then it would be well for this pastor to state it like this: Beware, beware, for Satan does use the scriptures; against us as Christians, and therefore, this can become are weakest link if we do not know the scriptures. The reason for stating the above is that each of us personally, many times do not look at the crude deception of Satan and the spirit of antichrist brings in their false deception of the scriptures or the word and will of God in our lives. The only major way that we can combat this kind of counterfeit deception is to keep our relationship strong with the Holy Spirit personally, and secondly to keep our focus on the Word and will of God through much study and prayer.
Consider further this line of thought as we continue how to recognize these evil and satanic spirits and that it is important that we remember also what Jude stated in Jude 8-10 that there are those who pretend to love Jesus. However, in reality these are the individuals who crept into the church unnoticed and one might interpret these as fake Christians. Yet what is also interesting in the book of Jude in verses five through seven that Jude states evets that took place in the Old Testament of the Lord saving the people out of the land of Egypt. In addition, Jude goes on to state about the fallen angels and that they were in everlasting chains. Then Jude also states about Sodom and Gomorrah and why they were destroyed by God because of their sexual immorality that brought God’s judgment. Yes, this is why that it is important that we accept no false teaching or doctrine that counterfeits the word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, the reason for using Jude and Matthew 24 is to stress the example that there is rebellion within the church then and that rebellion is still going on in the modern-day church today. In addition, of what the Lord Jesus Christ states in Matthew 24 and it is in this chapter of Matthew is to stress further this vital point that many will be deceive into believing in the wrong Jesus by these false teachers and prophets. The apostle Paul also wrote in 2 Corinthians that he was afraid that just as Eve was tempted by the serpent, 2 Corinthians 11:3. I believe that the apostle Paul is giving unto the church at Corinth the warning that evil deception will come and corrupt the minds of the saints of the church with a false gospel and a false doctrine of the gospel of Christ, 2 Corinthians 11:4. Furthermore, the apostle Paul goes on to state unto the church at Corinth that these false Christs which are masquerading themselves as “the servants of righteousness” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15. How is the modern-day church teaching about false teachers and prophets?
When it comes to knowing how we are to be going about discerning the spirit of antichrist or recognizing the spirit of antichrist within the church in these last days. It has become in this line of spiritual logic or spiritual knowledge and therefore, this is where the spiritual battle of the mind begins; with people, and especially those within the modern-day church. Therefore, let me state further, that we are in a time and the season where that every Christian is having to take unto themselves personally the authority in our lives as Christians. In order that we can overcome the spirit of antichrist, and remove it from our lives and from within the church. Being so bold as to make this statement by asking: Has any of us truly dealt fully with the spirit of antichrist in our life? To answer my own question, personally I believe that it would be safe it saying no! Yes, for most of us, and to be honest with an honest answer with all truth that we have never really consider this question about dealing with the spirit of antichrist. In addition, and repeating myself I feel that it would be safe in saying that we have not.
However, then, today more than ever before we as Christians or the modern-day church must deal with this spirit of antichrist, and we should do it now in order that we may enter, into the kingdom of heaven for time is running out. In addition, I feel safe in stating that this spirit of antichrist is actively working now within the church and the world today. Consider this thought that by the spirit of antichrist working on the saints of the church by making it message of false doctrine even clearer with every small church and its congregation. In addition, that his doctrine is not false; and furthermore, this satanic spirit has been doing so for many, many years since the Day of Pentecost.
Let me add this thought by saying that the best way that I know of how to recognize the spirit of antichrist, and all of the other satanic spirits is by the gifts of the Holy Spirit which He the Spirit of God has provided. The gift I am speaking of is called the discerning of spirits 1 Corinthians 12:10. Which Paul writes about to them at the church at Corinth and there are nine gifts of the Spirit and the one that I am referring to is the gift of discerning of spirits; and yes, each one of these gifts of the Spirit is vital to those of us who walk by faith and not by sight 2 Corinthians 5:7.
Truly when we the modern-day church looks at what is happening within the church that this pastor truly believes about what is making God angry at the church is that the church is allowing the world into the worship of God. No, this pastor does not know what others think about their worship of God; however, I can only go by what the scriptures states that will take place in these days of prophecy given by the Lord while He ministered upon this earth.
What I further believe is that each of us need like never, before, needs to truly understand, that there has been the need since the first writings of the Holy Word of God, in the biblical history of Israel, the church, and the last days. Where the gift of discerning of spirits has never been more needed; or more important, than to the modern-day church today and in the days to come. I state this because I feel that it is the most needed gift of God’s Spirit ever given to help us to discern the spirit of antichrist and how it is still working within the church today.
For with every passing day; and every passing hour, that we drawing even more closer to the Lord’s return and therefore, our enemy Satan knows with every passing day, that he brings forth his tactics of deception even stronger in order to lead the church astray. So, that we the Christians of the church will fail and not complete its perfect work before God Revelation 3:2. The spirit of antichrist is one of those tactics of Satan that it is not forth coming for it is already here and at work 1 John 4:3. Let it be known to all Christians this warning do not be naive to believe that all Christians are not subject to be deceived by this spirit of antichrist, the spirit of Jezebel, or any other demonic spirit, therefore, the vital importance of having the gift of discerning of spirits will help you know what is the spirits of righteousness and what is the spirits of deception.
Take heed fellow brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus of this most important fact regarding the spiritual knowledge, that the spirit of antichrist counterfeits and that it uses it to come against the everyday Christian. Therefore, we also need as the modern-day church the spiritual knowledge of the Holy Scriptures to fight against this evil and demonic spirit of antichrist. For it is this deceiving spirit of antichrist, that is bringing forth massive spiritual deception by using the scriptures to fight against us in this very hour, and within these last days and in the Body of Christ or the modern-day church that is teaching the Holy Scriptures all over the world and will continue to do so until the end of time comes.
The Holy Scriptures is the Christians only tool which brings forth the truth of spiritual knowledge, and the true understanding of this deception of the spirit of antichrist as well as the seducing spirit of Jezebel. Take heed of what the apostle John words to try the spirits to see if they are of God or of evil. We can read in the paper and hear on the news many events of evil, as well as we can see with each passing day the events of the Holy Scriptures unfolding right before our eyes and yet there are those who believe we still have time. The Spirit of Antichrist Chapter Two